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J. Philip Faranda is based in Briarcliff Manor, NY. His market covers Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, & Dutchess counties. Almost 500 clients and customers have closed transactions with him since 2005 for over a quarter billion dollars worth of property sold. Ever the high-producing listing agent, he counts among his specialties hard to sell properties & short sales.



There are some periods of the market cycle that don't appear for everyone. For example, if you're in Florida, you don't blog about the time of year when the ground gets frozen and you have to break out the hammer and chisel to install a yard sign. This week is also an annual milestone for us, as ...
I seldom reblog, but Ruthmarie Hicks has written an excellent piece on the importance of buyers needing to do their homework before just gallivanting all over the county looking at homes they might never buy if they knew better.  Ruthmarie then goes the extra mile in giving resources where buyers...
A quick perusal of my inbox confirms the fetish-like obsession that lenders have with paperwork. They just love it when a tree dies.  Case 1: An active short sale file with a 2nd lender is about to go under contract with a buyer, thank goodness. For the past few weeks, a lady at that lender has b...
$350,000 just bought a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 updated bath dutch colonial with an newer stainless steel kitchen in Lakeland schools on a level acre of land. It also boasted a sun room with sliding doors to a deck, central air conditioning, and a full basement.  What is really great about this clo...
Interesting day of showing homes to a buyer client.  Of the 5 homes we saw, 3 were an instant "NO." And they all had something in common: Poor upkeep and, shall we say, optimistic asking prices.  Home #1: Lots of updating was needed, but the deal killer was, if you can believe it, drop ceilings i...
Yesterday was the last day of school, and as the two oldest got on the bus, Ann said "Goodbye first and third grades, hello second and fourth!" This really struck me, because it seems like a few weeks ago that Luke and Catherine were little toddlers. One of the very sweet things Catherine does is...
In December of 2008 I posted a blog article articulating my support of gay marriage, and why the real estate industry should support marriage equality. Tonight, by a margin of 33-29 with four Republicans crossing over, the State Senate of New York agreed with me, paving the way for the bill to be...
Some towns have notable native sons who leave us and make us proud. My hometown of Ossining, NY has a special one-Peter Falk.  "Just One More Thing" is not just the title of the late Peter Falk's autobiography, it was his classic tagline in his signature role of Detective Columbo. Sadly, the wor...

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Phil Faranda is broker and owner of J. Philip Real Estate LLC in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Since founding the firm as a sole practitioner in late 2005, the team has grown to over 80 agents & closed 1000+ transactions valued at over $1 billion. He was 2014 President of the HGMLS and a 2017 Inman Influencer. This blog commentary is geared toward consumers and industry colleagues alike. You can reach him at (914) 723-8900.
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